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Risking the ChurchThe Challenges of Catholic Faith$
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Richard Lennan

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780199271467

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2005

DOI: 10.1093/0199271461.001.0001

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Risking the Church

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The movement from ‘modernity’ to ‘postmodernity’ has raised new challenges for faith, particularly because it has cast doubt on the affirmation of ‘truth’ as a possibility for human beings. Those challenges are the concern of this chapter. After a review of the key features of postmodernity, the chapter details two postmodern religious responses: fundamentalism and ‘New Age’ spirituality. The concern of the chapter is to articulate how authentic ecclesial faith offers more hope for a positive engagement with postmodernity than do fundamentalism and ‘New Age’ spirituality. As examples of such engagement, the chapter examines both the responses that the church can make to the challenges arising from the environmental movement, science, and economic globalization. There is a particular emphasis on the church's capacity to enter into dialogue with contemporary worldviews that differ from its own.

Keywords:   dialogue, environment, fundamentalism, globalization, New Age, postmodernity, science, truth

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